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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00000JXI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rock With The Caveman - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
2. Rock Around The Town - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
3. Doomsday Rock - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
4. Elevator Rock - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
5. Singing The Blues - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
6. Rebel Rock - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
7. Knee Deep In The Blues - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
8. Teenage Party - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
9. Butterfingers - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
10. Cannibal Pot - Tommy Steele and the Steelmen
See all 35 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Little White Bull (from the soundtrack "Tommy the Toreador") - Tommy Steele
2. Singing Time - Tommy Steele
3. What A Mouth (What A North And South) - Tommy Steele, Harry Robinson
4. Kookaburra - Tommy Steele
5. Happy-Go-Lucky Blues - Tommy Steele
6. (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair - Tommy Steele
7. Must Be Santa - Tommy Steele
8. Boys And Girls - Tommy Steele, Harry Robinson
9. The Dit-Dit Theme (from "Belle") - Tommy Steele, Roland Shaw
10. My Big Best Shoes (from "Valmouth") - Tommy Steele, Roland Shaw
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Product Description

Disc: 1

1. Rock With The Caveman
2. Rock Around The Town
3. Doomsday Rock
4. Elevator Rock
5. Singing The Blues
6. Rebel Rock
7. Knee Deep In The Blues
8. Teenage Party
9. Butterfingers
10. Cannibal Pot
11. Shiralee (from the film Shiralee")
12. Grandad's Rock
13. Butterfly
14. Water, Water
15. A Handful Of Songs
16. Hey You!
17. Plant A Kiss
18. Nairobi
19. Neon Sign
20. Happy Guitar (from the film soundtrack "The Duke Wore Jeans")
21. Princess (from the film soundtrack "The Duke Wore Jeans")
22. It's All Happening
23. What Do You Do
24. The Only Man On The Island
25. I Puts The Lightie On
26. Come On, Let's Go
27. Put A Ring On Her Finger
28. A Lovely Night (from Harold Fielding's "Cinderella")
29. Marriage Type Love (from Harold Fielding's "Cinderella")
30. Hiawatha
31. The Trial
32. Tallahassee Lassie
33. Give! Give! Give!
34. You Were Mine
35. Young Ideas

Disc: 2

1. Little White Bull (from the soundtrack "Tommy the Toreador")
2. Singing Time
3. What A Mouth (What A North And South)
4. Kookaburra
5. Happy-Go-Lucky Blues
6. (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair
7. Must Be Santa
8. Boys And Girls
9. The Dit-Dit Theme (from "Belle")
10. My Big Best Shoes (from "Valmouth")
11. The Writing On The Wall
12. Drunken Guitar
13. Hit Record
14. What A Little Darlin'
15. He's Got Love
16. Green Eye
17. Butter Wouldn't Melt In Your Mouth
18. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
19. Flash, Bang, Wallop
20. She's Too Far Above Me
21. Half a Sixpence
22. Giddy Up A Ding Dong
23. Kaw-Liga
24. Young Love
25. Take Me Back, Baby
26. Build Up
27. Time To Kill
28. Hair-Down Hoe-Down
29. Sweet Georgia Brown
30. Tommy The Toreador
31. Hollerin' And Screamin'
32. Lonesome Traveller
33. So Long (It's Been Good To Know You)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Tommy’s place in British rock history has been largely ignored, possibly because he was always more interested in being an all-round family entertainer, something at which he became hugely successful in the sixties and beyond. As a singer-actor, he appeared in several successful West end plays and also appeared in several movies, including Finian’s rainbow alongside Fred Astaire and Petula Clark.
Nevertheless, Tommy’s earliest successes were as a singer – he was Britain’s first indigenous rock’n’roll star. Although some of his hits were covers of American songs (the prevailing fashion in fifties Britain), he did not rely entirely on those. Indeed, he wrote some of his own songs.
His first British chart success was with Rock with the caveman, a typical slice of rock’n’roll. His biggest success (and only number one hit) was with a cover of Singing the blues. Curiously, Tommy’s version and Guy Mitchell’s version both reached number one in Britain – they swapped places at the top of the charts. Many people think that Guy’s version was the original, but actually both were covers – Marty Robbins recorded the original version. Both Guy and Tommy also covered another Marty original, Knee deep in the blues.
As time went by, Tommy’s desire to be an all-round entertainer was reflected in the diversity of material that he recorded. Among his other British hits were Butterfly (but it was Andy Williams who topped the charts with it), Handful of songs, Water water, Shiralee, Nairobi, Happy guitar and the children’s song Little white bull.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 5 Feb. 2007
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Tommy Steele will always acknowledged as the first ever British rock'n'roll star and his first singles were modelled not on Elvis but on Bill Haley's Comets or cover versions of Guy Mitchell songs.While the American model was founded on country and black music Steele was closer to the music hall tradition and his last sizeable hit in 1960 was a Harry Champion song called What A Mouth.

By this time he was heading towards his real forte which was the musical theatre and his movies reflected this.

Rock'n'roll became a case of the odd isolated record such as his 1961 hit with Tallahhassee Lassie which outsold the original by Freddy Cannon-who would go on to bigger things a few months later.In 1962 Steele cut a version of Brook Benton's ode to modesty-Hit Record-a song which told the listener how to make a hit! However his chart days were numbered as the theatre became his stamping ground and where he really made his name as an international artist.

Tommy Steele was unusual in another way re the music business as a morally upstanding citizen who kept the same wife and never had problems with any kind of hedonism.He's also a pretty famous sculptor and presented the Liverpool Council with his statue of Eleanor Rigby which can be seen in Matthew Street.It actually cost the city half a sixpence as well!!

This CD is a 60 tracker which includes all the A & B sides of his records plus a few selected album tracks.Its outstanding value and is part of Decca's "Years" series
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George H. Wells on 22 May 2006
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The sound quality is great. I love these old songs but had forgotten how beautiful some are and also the power of Doomsday Rock, which song should never be forgotten.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shari Cohen on 8 Aug. 2005
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This is more an early anthology of Tommy Steele's songs in the early years of his career. You can hear the progression of his era from coffee house atmosphere to Broadway hits. It certainly has enough songs to get hours of listening enjoyment. A slice of history and a slice of the best of Tommy Steele. I'm thoroughly enjoying this CD Set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2015
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'Tommy Steele'(Thomas William Hicks) born in 'Bermondsey' London -December 1936......
He started off his working life as a Merchant-Seaman however he'd turned to Show-Biz by 1956 earning a recording contract with
Decca, very quickly he was labelled as Britain's answer to the American Rock-Idols such as Elvis and probably considered the
first British-Idol.
(I remember on a school-trip as a kid putting money into a Juke-Box on a Pier on The Isle Of Wight and playing stuff like 'Tommy's'
'Rock With The Caveman' and 'Singing the Blues) those being two of his early releases in 1956 the first Charting at '13' the second
was indeed a Chart-Topper.
I also remember seeing some of his early films such as 'The Tommy Steele Story' and 'The Juke wore Jeans' where songs such as
'Butter Fingers' (Chart '8' 1957) and 'Handful Of Songs' (Chart '5' also 57') were aired.
I myself looking back on his Decca Years 'Tommy Steele' was an all-round entertainer rather than 'Rock-Star' he went on to star in films
like 'Tommy The Toreador' from which memorable hit-songs such as 'Little White Bull' (Chart '6' 1959) and of course 'Tommy The Toreador'
hailed from.
'Tommy' became a star of both stage ad screen during the late fifties and sixties, in the West-End with shows like 'She Stoops To Conquer'
and 'Hans Christian Andersen' along with the West-End and Broadway version of 'Half A Sixpence' the latter a role that was taken to the
big-screen where of course songs like 'Flash Bang Wallop' hailed from.
'Tommy' could play both Guitar and Banjo equally well, even turned his hand to sculpture and writing a Children's Story....a true talent indeed.
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